Programs

Mentoring

The YPA Mentoring Program gives students the opportunity to work with successful photographers to fine-tune their craft, create images for their portfolios, develop business and marketing skills and explore markets for their work. At the same time, the program demonstrates the power of photography to build community, national and international awareness and support for an important environmental or social issue.

Background to the Mentoring Program

talented young photographers in collaboration with
professional photographers from
locations around the world explore
one powerful subject to create images that express what binds the world together.

In Spring 2010, YPA was thrilled to announce the launch of an international mentoring initiative, which pairs talented college students and recent graduates with leading photographers from throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Developed with the support of a grant from our Major Founding Sponsor, ASMP Foundation, the YPA Mentoring Program challenges each student to explore a specific theme over the course of ten weeks, and produce a series of images and an accompanying short essay. The subject can be explored from a variety of vantage points: portraiture, photojournalism, landscape or architectural photography. Each student is encouraged to find his or her own unique perspective and interpretation. Teams are challenged to push the boundaries of how photography can shed light on a subject in new and innovative ways.

Education

Our Education Programs include lectures and special workshops aimed at helping young photographers find their bearings in the complex and sometimes-scary photography industry. Taking pictures, and making a living from photography, are two very different things. Our educational programming explores those differences and much more.

The Mentoring Program gives students the opportunity to work with successful photographers to fine-tune their craft, create images for their portfolios, develop business and marketing skills and explore markets for their work. At the same time, the program will demonstrate the power of photography to build community, national and international awareness and support for an important environmental or social issue. Working within a tight set of guidelines, each mentor offers support and guidance to two to five mentees. The resulting work will be featured online and in one or more public exhibitions. In addition, YPA will promote the project extensively through the press and other publications as it also seeks to expand the program’s public presence and geographic reach.

Scholarships

YPA Scholarships allow young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to realize their artistic dreams and give back to their communities. To foster social and environmental responsibility in the photographers of tomorrow, scholarship recipients are selected not only for their ability and their need, but also for their demonstrated commitment to giving back to the larger community through their work.